The Ranch Golf Club

65 Sunnyside Road, Southwick, Ma.

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Architect: Damian Pascuzzo

Terrain: Steep Hills / Plateau

Type of Course: Semi-Private

Driving Range: Yes

Year Opened: 2001

Green Fee: flag in holeflag in holeflag in holeflag in hole

Par: 72

Lodging: No

Tel: 413-569-9333

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Diamonds from the Rough

A knee-wobbling 140 slope from the tips


Upscale and maintained as if a country club


Two of the par 5s could double as alpine ski runs


Tricky contouring can play games with your depth perception


Though a very challenging course, the fairways are quite accessible from the tee


If you don’t allow yourself to get intimidated by the scale of the terrain, scoring can be done


Green entrances often angled toward line of approach, so getting in position is essential here


The green on the par 3 17th over water plays much farther than it looks – assigning it the No. 18 handicap is a gross miscarriage of justice


The ups are steady and the downs precipitous on the eastern edge of the Berkshires


Can play linksy and can play mountainous – sometimes on the same hole


If you don’t play the always-present wind, it will play you


Green complexes tend to be . . . well . . . complex


Not as difficult to walk as it might appear


Practice areas top-notch


Scorecard

Tee Station Yardage Slope Par Rating
Black 7174 140 74.1
Blue 6556 135 71.9
Gray 6020 129 69.5
Gold 4983 122 69.7

Beyond The White Stakes

Brewskies Westfield River Brewing Company, Brewery (0.8 miles)
Fine Dining Nora’s Restaurant & Lounge  American  (3.7 miles)
Make a Day of It Sanderson Brook Falls, Chester-Blandford State Forest, Blandford (17 miles, plus 1 mile hike to falls)
Splash! Munn Brook – Granville Gorge, Granville (5.1 miles)
Sundae Golfer The Summer House (2 miles)
Native Amasa Holcomb, Fabricator of America’s first telescopes

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